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When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – People with diabetes who remain inactive may have higher odds for a vision-robbing eye condition, new research suggests. While the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers say a "couch potato" lifestyle does seem to raise the risk for diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. National Eye Institute, the condition "involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision." Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss for people with diabetes. Could exercise – or a lack of it – affect risk for the disease? To find out, a team led by Paul Loprinzi at the University of Mississippi tracked outcomes for 282 U.S. diabetes patients. The patients averaged 62 years of age. Nearly one-third (29 percent) had mild or more severe diabetic retinopathy. Using an accelerometer device to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Nerve Damage

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by

-- Nerve damage caused by fluctuating blood sugar can be dangerous, particularly for people with diabetes. The condition can affect most any tissues of the body, but notably the heart and circulatory system. The American Diabetes Association says potential warning signs of neuropathy include: Feeling dizzy or fainting after standing up. Fainting for no apparent reason. Rapid heartbeat when you are at rest. Having a heart attack without chest pain or other common warning signs. Read more

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Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – The diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) doesn't appear to improve heart function in patients with advanced heart failure, a new study finds. The theory for this trial was that this drug – from a class of medications called (GLP-1) agonists – might interact with the heart's GLP-1 receptors on cells and thereby improve heart function. "We were hoping for a benefit; we didn't see that. It's at best neutral," said lead researcher Dr. Kenneth Margulies. He's a professor of medicine and research director of heart failure and transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Previous studies found evidence that people with advanced heart failure have insulin resistance of their peripheral muscles and heart muscle, and "this was felt to be a detrimental feature that this type of diabetes medicine might help," he said. Not only did the drug not help, ... Read more

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Adlyxin Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Adlyxin (lixisenatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 2 diabetes in adults, the agency said Thursday in a news release. As the FDA explained, Adlyxin is a "glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist" – a hormonal drug that helps control blood sugar. The drug was evaluated in clinical studies involving 5,400 people with type 2 diabetes. A separate study was held involving 6,000 type 2 diabetics at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the FDA said. Type 2 diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States, accounting for about 90 percent of diagnosed cases of diabetes, the agency said. Elevated blood sugar caused by the disease can lead to complications including heart disease, blindness and nerve and kidney damage. The most common side effects of Adlyxin included nausea, vomiting, headache, ... Read more

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Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with more severe disease, have an increased risk for a variety of other health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Psoriasis is characterized by red, raised patches of skin, or plaques, covered with silvery-white scales. It's also marked by itching, burning or soreness of the skin. It is not contagious. "Psoriasis patients, even those ... Read more

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FDA OKs New Injectable Type 2 Diabetes Medication

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – The injectable drug Adlyxin (lixisenatide) has been approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The once-daily injection is to be used along with diet and exercise to improve patients' blood sugar levels. The FDA reviewed 10 clinical trials on the safety and effectiveness of Adlyxin. These studies included 5,400 people with type 2 diabetes. The drug was also specifically tested for heart issues in an additional 6,000 people at risk of heart disease, the FDA said Thursday in a news release. The FDA concluded that Adlyxin helps normalize blood sugar levels. And it doesn't appear to increase the risk of heart problems. Adlyxin is in a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. Other GLP-1 drugs include liraglutide (Victoza), exenatide (Byetta, Bydureon) and dulaglutide (Trulicity), ... Read more

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Sanofi Receives FDA Approval of Adlyxin (lixisenatide) for Treatment of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

PARIS, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Sanofi announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adlyxin (lixisenatide), a once-daily mealtime GLP-1 receptor agonist injection indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. "The approval of Adlyxin reaffirms our continued commitment to addressing the challenges faced by people living with diabetes when trying to reach and maintain their individual blood glucose (HbA1c) targets," said Peter Guenter, Executive Vice President, Head, Global Diabetes & Cardiovascular Business Unit, Sanofi. "We are pleased with this approval, as it offers us the opportunity to continue helping patients treated with basal insulin who remain uncontrolled." The approval of Adlyxin was based on FDA review of results from the GetGoal clinical program and findings from the ELIXA trial, which ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease Arthritis Pain With Warm Water

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by

-- When joints are stiff and sore, warm water can be just what the doctor ordered. Here's how to reap the benefits of warm water, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Make the water between 92 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a warm tub (or pool) to do some stretching. Place a tennis ball beneath the small of your back in the bathtub and roll it gently along the bottom of the tub. Soak in a bath with Epsom salts. But people with diabetes should avoid too much salt, which could trigger insulin production. Read more

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Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The seasonal flu vaccine may offer people with type 2 diabetes some protection against dying prematurely, a new study suggests. The flu shot also appeared to protect those with type 2 diabetes from hospitalizations for stroke, as well as heart and breathing problems, the study said. British researchers looked at a large group – more than 124,500 people – with type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes normally have a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, the researchers noted. During the seven-year study, the researchers found that flu vaccination was associated with a 19 percent reduction in flu-season hospital admissions for heart attack in people with type 2 diabetes. Hospital admissions for stroke were 30 percent lower for those who got a flu vaccination. Admissions were also down 22 percent for heart failure, and 15 percent for pneumonia or influenza ... Read more

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FDA Expands Indication For Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Synjardy (Empagliflozin/Metformin Hydrochloride) To Include Treatment-Naïve Adults

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., and INDIANAPOLIS, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an expanded indication for Synjardy (empagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride) tablets to include treatment-naïve adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Synjardy, from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with T2D when treatment with both empagliflozin and metformin is appropriate. Synjardy is a combination of empagliflozin (Jardiance) and metformin — two medicines with complementary mechanisms of action — to help control blood glucose in adults with T2D. Empagliflozin, a sodium glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor, removes excess glucose through the urine by blocking glucose re-absorption in the kidney. Metformin, a commonly prescribed initial treatment for T2D, lowe ... Read more

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Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 – What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part of aging," said Dr. Sofiya Milman, an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "An extended period of good health can accompany a long life span and is an achievable goal." Milman is one of the authors of a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study on aging. Americans are living longer than ever. In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth had reached nearly 79 years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. A century earlier, it was just slightly over 54 years. But gains in "health span – the period of time that people live in good health – have not kept pace with longevity, the study ... Read more

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Brisk Walking May Help Ward Off Diabetes

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Brisk walking may be more effective than jogging in controlling blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes, a new study suggests. People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels but not so high that it's full-blown diabetes. The "gold standard" approach to diabetes prevention involves weight loss, diet and exercise. "We know the benefits of lifestyle changes ... but it is difficult to get patients to do even one behavior, not to mention three," said study author Dr. William Kraus. So he and his colleagues wanted to know if exercise alone could achieve similar benefits. "When faced with the decision of trying to do weight loss, diet and exercise versus exercise alone, the study indicates you can achieve nearly 80 percent of the effect of doing all three with just a high amount of moderate-intensity exercise," said Kraus, a professor of ... Read more

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U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – More American teens have diabetes or prediabetes than previously thought, and many don't know they have the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds. Nearly 1 percent of more than 2,600 teens studied had diabetes – with almost one in three cases undiagnosed, researchers found. Also, almost 20 percent of the group had prediabetes – higher than normal blood sugar levels but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. "These findings are important because diabetes in youth is associated with early onset of risk factors and complications," said lead researcher Andy Menke of Social & Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, Md. One prior study estimated the prevalence of diabetes in teens at about 0.34 percent, but the current study shows it's double that – 0.8 percent. The researchers couldn't distinguish between teens who had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, ... Read more

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Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Eating more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while limiting animal fats and refined carbohydrates, can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The large study found these dietary changes can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. "The world faces an epidemic of insulin resistance and diabetes. Our findings support preventing and treating these diseases by eating more fat-rich foods like walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, flaxseed, fish and other vegetable oils and spreads, in place of refined grains, starches, sugars and animal fats," said study co-leader Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. "This is a positive message for the public. Don't fear healthy fats," Mozaffarian said in a university news release. ... Read more

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Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – No single drug to treat type 2 diabetes stands out from the pack when it comes to reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke or premature death, a new research review finds. The analysis of hundreds of clinical trials found no evidence that any one diabetes drug, or drug combination, beats out the others. Researchers said the results bolster current recommendations to first try an older, cheaper drug – metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage) – for most patients with type 2 diabetes. "There are very few things experts agree on, but this is one of them," said Dr. Kevin Pantalone, a diabetes specialist at the Cleveland Clinic and a member of the Endocrine Society. "Metformin, in the absence of contraindications or intolerability, should be the first-line agent to treat patients with type 2 diabetes," he said. Metformin can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, so some ... Read more

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